The Bioculturealities Symposium + Performance Festival hosts projects, performances, pop-up public thinktanks, and food events throughout the week of June 9-16, 2019. The public is welcome to all sessions, no registration necessary, come-and-go at will. All events pay-what-you-can except where noted otherwise.
INVOLVED ARTISTS AND KEYNOTE MOBILIZERS INCLUDE:
Lorene Bouboushian, Maxi Glamour (+ Qu’Art cohort), Jaguar Mary X, Simone Johnson, Cypress Atlas, Heather Kapplow, Sierra Ortega, Michael Allen, Shawn Escarciga, Allana Ross, Simone Johnson, Jessica Baran + Nathaniel Farrell, Janet X, Nicole Goodwin, Nina Isabelle, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Beatriz Albuquerque, members of the MARSH Workers-Owned Cooperative Diner and Food Co-Op + TBA
The Bioculturealities Symposium + Performance Festival marks the official opening of MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus). Local artists, organizers, cooks, and writers are joined by others working at intersections between performance art, food, social justice, land, spirituality and scholarship, from New Orleans, New York City, and elsewhere. Open to the public all days, we gather to (de)liberate pathways, debate the “natures of natures,” and design more habitable forms of life.
Can we learn by doing, as Micha Cárdenas advises (in Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs, 2013), linking cultural and biotic transitional movements through one of the organizing principles of the Zapatistas, caminando preguntando, walking while asking questions, depending on tactics such as waiting, listening, and suspending judgment, in order to allow the learning along the way to determine the course? Though we are each SO very “busy” working to survive (a form of oppression in and of itself), can we make space-time for a “queer loop” that takes us temporarily into spaces of micro and macro focus, staging situations that give us each perspective(s) and enlarges/complexifies our mentalities/movements through contact with one another, thus empowering us to take our (distinct and entangled) next steps considerately? Can we shift our habitus to pursue alternate pathways? Where and how is the break between conditional reality (our slow and sure suffocation) and potential otherly-wise realizations? How and why are we enculturating, (im)planting, locating, performing ourselves and those (humxn and nonhumxn) bodies/bodilies we inhabit in new, ancestral, and context-specific ways?
SUNDAY, JUNE 9:
6pm: opening community dinner ($10 suggested for meal)
7:30pm: Cuerpx Tierra: video program: Beatriz Albuquerque, Nicole Goodwin, Nina Isabelle, David Ian Bellows/Griess, performance by Janet X
MONDAY, JUNE 10:
6pm: community dinner ($10 suggested for meal)
7pm: Movement Mentalities: moderated public thinktanks on (individual and social) embodiment of movement(s), motivations, mentalities, and motilities
TUESDAY, JUNE 11:
6pm-9pm: Food systems potluck! Chefs/cooks of the co-operative diner and local food justice organizations will speak to how their dishes were sourced and made. (Bring food to share or suggested donation $5)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12:
6pm-completion (come and go at any time throughout the day): Marathon reading performance, organized by Jessica Baran and Nathaniel Farrell. Food available.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13:
6pm-10pm: Performances by Michael Allen, Simone Johnson, and Shawn Escarciga. Food available.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14:
6pm-12am: Qu’Art at MARSH: Performances and art fair by Maxi Glamour and Qu’Art Cohort (sliding scale $5-20 at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds, food and drinks available)
SATURDAY, JUNE 15:
4-5:30pm: Simone Johnson: Bacterial Fingerprints, Microscopic Alchemy & Cosmic GI Symbiosis Art: A Gut-Based Research Group
6pm-7pm: community dinner ($10 suggested for meal)
7-10pm: Lorene Bouboushian, Cypress Atlas, Jaguar Mary X, Sierra Ortega
SUNDAY, June 16:
4pm: Allana Ross, Mobile Indigo Dye Workshop. Bring fabric/garment to dye! (cotton is best)
7pm: closing public dinner and dance party ($10 for meal)
THROUGHOUT/DAILY: Heather Kapplow
MARSH is home to a workers-owned cooperative diner (located in the former L&S Café on Broadway in Carondelet), a public food co-op, organic gardens, performance/gathering/exhibition spaces, and a residency/emergency/transitional housing apartment.
Operating a laboratory for intentional forms of habitus and plural, reciprocal, consensual, biocultural worldings, MARSH aims to correlate biocultural forms and structures with (p)articular ideas, desires/visions, needs, values, and ethics. Through intentional, performative organizing, we test and (re)model ways of inhabiting lands, biospheres, food systems, political dynamics (including “art worlds,” cities, polities, histories, identities), and our multiplicit body-minds.
MARSH was founded in 2018 by food systems activist/organizer and organic farmer Beth Neff and her daughter, a performance maker and organizer, Esther Neff, in collaboration with Kaia Gilje and others. MARSH is a 501(c)3, a d.b.a of Spark for the Arts.